Port of Subs

The Port of Subs franchise is a Nevada-based food franchise concept. Originally called the Sub Shop, the brand was established in 1972 in Sparks, Nevada, by two brothers from New Jersey. John Larsen and his family purchased an interest in the business and later bought the company in 1975. Shortly after that, a community-wide contest was hosted to choose a name for the Sub Shop to differentiate itself. With more than 10,000 contest entries, the name “Port of Subs” was born. After  a decade of success operating 10 corporate locations, Port of Subs began franchising in 1985. Franchisees benefit from a proven system and feel-good product. 

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Port of Subs Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Subs are a popular concept in food franchising. A concept to consider is the Port of Subs. The brand was established in Sparks, Nevada, by two brothers from New Jersey as the Sub Shop. After being bought by John Larsen and his family, there was a contest to decide the new name, and Port of Subs was chosen. Franchisees benefit form a simple business model and feel-good product. The ideal candidate is passionate about customer service and providing a quality product. Since it began franchising in 1985, the sandwich franchise has expanded to more than 135 units open in seven Western states across the U.S. The brand's menu includes classic subs, hot subs, special subs and wraps, salads, and more. Qualified candidates should have at least a $250,000 net worth with $80,000 liquid assets. The initial investment for a single unit is $328,000 to $543,225. This includes an initial franchise fee of $25,000. You will also be provided with great support and training.
In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial training program that is broken down into four weeks of intensive restaurant training, followed by 30 to 50 hours of self-study, and wraps with a week of training at our Port of Subs Corporate Headquarters in Reno, NV. During this time, you'll learn everything you need to know about running the business, including marketing and adverting, brand history, food prep, managing the books and more. Support and training are ongoing. To incentivize veteran ownership, military personnel are given $8,500 off of the one-time initial franchise fee. 

Company Details

Headquarters: Reno, NV 89523
Canada: No
International: No
Absentee: No
Mobile/home-based: No
Exclusive territory: Yes
Founded: 1972 
First franchise: 1985
B2B: No

Support and Training Offered By Port of Subs

In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial training program that is broken down into four weeks of intensive restaurant training, followed by 30 to 50 hours of self-study, and wraps with a week of training at our Port of Subs Corporate Headquarters in Reno, NV. During this time, you'll learn everything you need to know about running the business, including marketing and adverting, brand history, food prep, managing the books and more. Support and training are ongoing.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Port of Subs Franchise.

What does a Port of Subs Franchise Cost?

Port of Subs franchise fees for 2024:

Veteran Incentives $8,500 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 5.5%
Initial investment: $328,000-$543,225
Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000
Net Worth Requirement: $250,000
Cash Requirement: $80,000

Is Port of Subs a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Port of Subs is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Port of Subs a Home Based franchise?

No. Port of Subs is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Port of Subs Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Port of Subs franchisees make. Port of Subs offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Port of Subs Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Port of Subs franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Port of Subs Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Port of Subs franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Port of Subs Looking for International franchisees?

No. Port of Subs franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Port of Subs's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

$50,000 - $100,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Port of Subs Franchises for Sale

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